What size pond should I have in my backyard?
This depends on your goals, expectations, and the size of your yard. One of the only regrets we get from clients is they wish they would have went larger in regards to the pond. You can look through our pond packages here to find the right size for your yard.
What are the different types of ponds I can consider for my backyard?
Generally, there are two main types: the traditional koi pond, and an ecosystem pond. A traditional koi pond has an exposed liner, exposed bead and/or sand filtration, and is generally designed for just koi. An ecosystem pond utilizes rock, gravel, natural waterfalls, and hidden components to create an ecosystem for plants and fish alike. There are hybrid versions as well of both. We build aquascape ecosystem ponds.
What materials are used in an ecosystem pond?
Rocks, gravel, pumps, plumbing, biofalls (waterfall filter/ biological filter), and skimmer (mechanical filtration)
How big of a pond do I need to have koi?
We do not recommend putting koi in a pond smaller than 10′ x 14′ due to their growth potential.
If you want massive koi, then you build a pond as large as possible for your space and budget. This is equally true for water gardening.
What type of maintenance is needed for an ecosystem pond?
Very little. 10 minutes a week is all you should need to empty the skimmer basket, and to feed your fish. During the fall if your pond is underneath trees you may need to empty the skimmer basket daily, or you could tent your pond with a net. Of course if you have aquatic plants you may also need to trim them back, or fertilize them depending on the plant. We offer comprehensive pond maintenance packages for ponds we have constructed as well.
Do I have to run the pump 24/7?
Yes. The biological filter depends upon fresh, oxygenated water running through it continously to keep the bacteria alive and filtering your pond. The colony inside your filter can die if you turn off your pump. If the pump accidentally turns off your biofalls can sustain the colony for a few hours but no longer than a day without colony collapse.
What about predators like heron or raccoons?
Predator pressure is an ongoing struggle for all pond owners. We include fish caves in our pond builds to give your pets refuge from predators as well as the sun. If you have intense pressure we can recommend using aerators for bubble screens, automated sprinklers, or netting.
How deep does a pond need to be?
Fish only need 2′ of depth in order to escape the cold winter months.